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Friday Brief

Hello and welcome to the 5th MTA Friday Brief of October.  There is lots of news around Brexit to bring you but we also have a wide range of other information, so there should be something for everyone this week.

We start this week with a follow-up from our new forecasts that were released last week.  The recording of the webinar is now available to MTA members to view at https://www.mta.org.uk/members-area/mta-forecast-documents - you will need your username and password to login to access these files.  Please remember that this is a valuable member service, so please don’t share this link outside of your company.

The news this week is dominated by a range of updates on the various issues around Brexit.  We have produced a guide to using the new UKCA mark which is replacing the CE mark in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland) - this will be a live document which we will update over the next few weeks.  We also have separate stories with updates on importing goods into the UK and providing services to the European Union, the new immigration rules that are coming into force and a range of other updates and reminders around VAT, apprenticeships and using mobile phones in Europe.

In another update from last week, the webinar on the Lloyds Bank International Trade Portal is available to view and we provide the slides from the presentation to download.

MTA Associate member Atlantic Technologies is hosting the 3rd in their series of free webinars demonstrating their Salesforce and Tableau and details can be found in the article below.

Last week, the UK and Japan signed their Economic Partnership Agreement and we take a look at what this will mean for trade between the two countries.  On this theme, the organisers have provided an update on JIMTOF 2020 which is being held on-line this year.

The technical news this week includes details of a new work proposal for a standard for powder life cycle management in additive manufacturing.  We also have an update on progress with umati - the universal machine technology interface – that is being led by our colleagues in Germany at VDW and VDMA.

The economic news this week takes a quick look at the flash PMI numbers published last week which show differing trends for the UK, Euro-zone and USA around the general theme of recovery.  We also have the latest output from the European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Index which looks to have paused overall although confidence in the industry sector continues to improve.

We have a couple of news items on the general theme of skills.  To encourage more students to pursue engineering as a career, MTA member Renishaw is hosting a webinar for school children and parents as part of This is Engineering Day and you can get details of how to access this in the story below.  Also, our colleagues at CECIMO are organising a webinar on “Closing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing” as a partner activity of the EU Vocational Skills Week 2020.

With best wishes from everyone in the MTA Team, we bid you farewell for now.  Stay safe, whichever level of lockdown you might be in, and we will be back next Friday with more news and information for the manufacturing technologies sector.

#BETHEDIFFERENCE - RENISHAW WEBINAR

#BETHEDIFFERENCE - RENISHAW WEBINAR

To encourage more students to pursue engineering as a career, Renishaw is hosting a webinar for school children and parents as part of This is Engineering Day on 4th November. In support of the day, created by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the webinar will give students and their parents the opportunity to find out more about the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, hear from some of Renishaw’s younger engineers about their career journey and have the opportunity to ask questions in an interactive Q&A session.

CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP IN MANUFACTURING, EU VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK

CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP IN MANUFACTURING, EU VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK

CECIMO - the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies - is organising a webinar titled “Closing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing”;  this is as a partner activity of the EU Vocational Skills Week 2020, an initiative of the European Commission.  It will be held on Thursday 12th November 2020 from 1100am to 1210pm (CET).

Economic News

Economic News

Purchasing Managers’ Index - flash readings for October:  The flash readings of the PMI for the UK, Euro-zone and USA showed a divergence in this month.  We will cover these in more detail next week with the final data being published on Monday/Tuesday but the Flash readings are based on about 80% of the final data and don’t often move significantly.

JIMTOF 2020 ON-LINE

JIMTOF 2020 ON-LINE

Our colleagues at JMTBA have provided some updates on the forthcoming JIMTOF exhibition which is being held on-line because of the unavailability of the exhibition buildings following the change in date for the Tokyo Olympics.  The exhibition will be on-line for 12 days from 16th to 27th November (inclusive) at http://www.jimtof.org/online/en/index.html and registration for JIMTOF On-line will start at this site on 5th November.

MTA CEO INTERVIEW WITH METAL CUTTING TV

MTA CEO INTERVIEW WITH METAL CUTTING TV

The MTA’s CEO, James Selka, recently took part in an interview with Metal Cutting TV in India.  The topics covered include the evolution of the machine tool sector and strategies that can bring a paradigm shift in this industry to scale-up and progress.

You can view the video at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F9qcaOVvsUaUjMNnekoHdFEqpDMCkhGW/view?usp=sharing.

SALESFORCE AND TABLEAU WEBINAR AND FREE DEMO

SALESFORCE AND TABLEAU WEBINAR AND FREE DEMO

MTA Associate Member Atlantic Technologies will be hosting the 3rd in their series of free webinars on 25th November at 11am demonstrating Salesforce and Tableau.  The webinar will help people understand how to become an insightful business by putting both internal and external data into dashboards to increase sales/service/procurement/supply chain forecasting.  You will learn how we integrate ERP with CRM and have a single source of truth for the entire business.

NEW WORK ITEM PROPOSAL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

NEW WORK ITEM PROPOSAL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment;  this is different from the proposal that we advised about last week.  We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.

Any comments received will be submitted to AMT/8 - Additive Manufacturing for consideration when deciding the UK response to ISO.